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Paul Bettany Reveals Vision Scene Cut From Avengers: Endgame

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BY February 11, 2021

One of the most interesting additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Paul Bettany’s Vision. The android hero is a mainstay in the comic books, so his arrival seemed inevitable. Yet, the way they kept Paul Bettany—part of the MCU since its inception as the voice of JARVIS—in the mix was inventive and fun. Once the momentous climax of the Infinity Saga came via Avengers: Endgame we realized we lost not one but two longtime MCU players. Of course, Natasha Romanov, played by Scarlett Johansson, was gone having sacrificed herself. And Vision himself was not seen again after his greyed-out body fell lifeless to the ground in Wakanda. Yet, in a new interview, Bettany revealed that a Vision scene was cut from Avengers: Endgame.

Currently, Bettany stars alongside Elizabeth in Olsen in WandaVision, whose first episodes are reviewed here. (And we also have our WandaVision spoiler review for those who want to dive into the details.) While everyone is delighted to see Bettany back in the role and showcasing more of his range of talent, there is a pressing question. Vision is dead, so how is he there? Naturally, this is a central question to the series and will be revealed in the extended, nine-episode run of the show.

As Bettany says in the interview, he thought it was over for him. When called to meet Kevin Feige, the modern-day Stan Lee of Marvel movies, he assumed they wanted to sack him. Instead, he was told about this series and what lay ahead for the character. It’s a story he’s told before, but this time he revealed that Feige cut a Vision scene from Avengers: Endgame.

The Cut Vision Scene From Avengers: Endgame Teased His Story Continuing

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The revelation came during an interview between Olsen and Bettany for IMDB. Olsen asked him if he thought he was done with the MCU. He said that he was only “ten to fifteen percent” sure that he’d be back. One thing that made him think it was over was that a scene he shot for the last Avengers film didn’t make the final cut. Ultimately it seems as if this was a decision made for time constraints, but Bettany thought it could mean the Vision was gone for good.

He said:

“At one point, there was going to be a tag. Where you opened a sort of body-bag drawer and there was the Vision. Kevin kinda talked to me and said, ‘I just…I got to pull the shot.’ I was like ‘ugh.’ (Laughs) I really wanted that profit participation!”

Later, when he was called to meet with Feige, he prepared to be very gracious. “You know, when the boss calls you up, and your contract is over, and he’s called you into the office, you kind of know exactly what that’s about.” He apparently opened by thanking them and saying he had “a great run.” In surprise, Feige asked if he was quitting. Bettany, confused, asked him if he was being fired. That’s when Feige pitched WandaVision to him. Of course, it’s possible that we’ll see a version of that scene in this series now.

WandaVision airs Fridays on Disney+.

What do you think? Should the cut Vision scene have stayed in Avengers: Endgame? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories about what it all means in the comments below.

Featured image via Marvel Entertainment

 

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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